Radiculopathy occurs when something irritates a spinal nerve—say a “slipped disc” causing a pinched nerve. This is also called sciatica . There are resident stem and other cells in the local tissues everywhere in our body. Many live around blood vessels. These are obviously also present in the disc and nerves in the epidural space and they usually play an important role in suppressing inflammation and repairing damage. We know, based on a copious in vitro (lab) data, that the high-dose steroids used in epidural injections can kill these cells. So the progression of the series of epidural steroid injections looks a little something like this:
The majority of the side effects listed above are still applicable to females, but a few obvious ones are not. These are prostate enlargement, gynecomastia and testicular side effects. The other steroids side effects are evident, hypertension, water retention, acne, hair loss, lipid problems and hepatoxicity all appear in females. Another to note, which are not apparent in males and solely linked to females is – virilisation. This is when the female’s body undergoes masculine changes, such as, facial hair growth, hair loss, deepening of vocal chords and enlargement of sexual organs (clitoris). These side effects can be avoided if the correct low doses of anabolic steroids are used and also time spent using them is kept short. Abuse will often lead to permanent side effects in women. Once virilisation steroids side effects begin to arise stop the steroid(s) immediately or lower the said dose considerably. Certain androgenic steroids are far worse for women than others. An example would be Primobolan and Anavar are both safe in low doses for short periods, which Trenbolone and Dianabol aren’t really safe at any dose for any time frame.